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Queen rearing

March 8, 2020 admin 0

Queen breeding and rearing are two areas that many members have shown a keen interest in and further to our talk earlier in the year from Kevin Thorn on the native bee reserve at Abberton […]

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March Apiary Notes

March 8, 2020 admin 0

At the time of writing it is still raining and no sign yet of any prolonged dry spell. Talking with a farmer yesterday there is limited time now for fields to dry out to enable […]

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January Apiary Notes

February 4, 2020 admin 0

We are approaching the danger months for our colonies. In my experience there aren’t many colony losses until February or March. The main reasons for colonies dying out are beekeeper error or the weather. As […]

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Nucs and how to use them effectively

January 3, 2020 admin 0

Why ‘nucs’ are important in beekeeping There are many uses for nucs in several beekeeping management situations. Some examples of their use are to: overwinter spare queens and bees to make up for winter losses […]

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December Apiary notes

December 17, 2019 admin 0

Colonies are all ready for winter now with mouse guards, woodpecker netting and bricks on roofs. For my own peace of mind I like to visit apiaries occasionally during the winter to make sure nothing […]

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October Apiary Notes

October 5, 2019 admin 0

Now we are into October the weather has turned more autumnal although the bees are working the ivy during sunny spells. In fact some hives are working as if there is summer flow so they […]

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September Apiary Notes

September 27, 2019 admin 0

Our bees are now preparing for winter and it is time for us to make sure colonies are in a good condition to survive the winter. My hives were all treated for varroa during August […]

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Swarming Season

April 23, 2019 admin 0

It’s that time of year again when we can expect to see honey bee swarms. Hives are beginning to get stronger and may soon decide to swarm. We have already seen some swarming and the recent […]

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Food for thought ?

March 13, 2019 admin 0

The bees in my garden have completely ignored the large patch of Snowdrops planted especially for them.  However, they have adored the pots used for growing tomatoes last year, with leftover but “spent” organic compost.  […]

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2019 Beekeeping Courses Announced

September 28, 2018 admin 0

Bedfordshire Beekeepers are pleased to announce details of our 2019 beginners courses. Course:                 An Introduction to Beekeeping Suitable for:        Complete beginners and new beekeepers. Cost:                      £60 for the whole season. Two locations: […]

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